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World’s First IVF Baby is 35!

By Tracey Minella

July 25th, 2013 at 10:01 pm

 

image courtesy of pbs.org

Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday to you. Happy birthday, dear Louise Brown. Happy Birthday to you.

Many of you are too young to remember where you were 35 years ago today…when news of the birth of the World’s first “test tube” baby hit the stands. Maybe you were playing with Barbies, or maybe you weren’t even born yet. I remember it though.

I was a young teen just learning about reproduction, reading the newspaper in our brown, gold, orange and white classic 70’s kitchen. I remember hearing the sensational, seemingly sci-fi news and thinking it was cool. Dad was intrigued. Mom was mortified.

Little did I know then how important this day in history would be in my own life. And how IVF technology would be the answer to my own dream of becoming a mother some twenty years later.

For the past several years, I recognize Louise Brown’s birthday in some little way. It may be a blog post, or just a moment of reflection on how thankful I am for her mom’s courage way back then. I’ve even had a cupcake or raised a glass on her behalf. It’s my little way of honoring the woman whose birth led to the births of my own children decades later.

Here’s an IVF trivia question in honor of today:

Louise is not the first IVF baby to have her own baby, but Louise is related to the first IVF baby to have her own baby. What is the woman’s name and what is their relationship?

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If you could say anything to Louise Brown’s mother, what would you say?

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What Armstrong/Aldrin and Kreiner/Kenigsberg Have in Common

By Tracey Minella

August 27th, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Many of you may be too young to remember the adventure of Apollo 11 and Neil Armstrong’s first step on the moon in the summer of ’69, beyond what your history textbooks tell you. I myself gave the historic moment only a few seconds of attention before rejoining more important kindergartener pursuits. But I do vaguely remember the sense of excitement and awe of the grownups gathered ‘round the 13 inch black and white television set. There was national as well as local pride as the lunar module built by Long Island’s Grumman Aerospace Corp. landed on the moon.

Only nine years later, the world’s first “test tube baby” Louise Brown was born. But in my household, news of her birth in 1978 was stifled by my parents who did not want to have to answer the reproductive questions of a young teen.

But I clearly remember my fascination as a young college kid when Elizabeth Carr, the first US IVF baby was born in December of 1981. She was a product of the Jones Institute in Virginia. [For some reason, that stuck in my head. A little mental note…”Got to go to Virginia for that if you ever need it”.] The story sparked much debate in the dorm. Little did I know then that I would need that technology myself… in another decade or so.

Lucky for me, I live on Long Island and was raised in Port Jefferson, the town where Jones Institute-trained Dr. Kreiner co-founded Long Island IVF with Dr. Kenigsberg in 1988. By the time I needed them in 1992, they’d already made history and brought Long Island its first IVF baby years earlier. No need for Virginia after all. Great doctors were literally in my own backyard! Like Armstrong and Aldrin, they were pioneers… not in space, but right here on Long Island.

So when I heard of Neil Armstrong’s passing on Saturday, and listened to the recounting of his place in history, and his famous quote, I couldn’t help but make some comparisons between the mystique of both the space program’s lunar landing and reproductive medicine’s “test tube babies”.

Both events had international impacts.  Both captivated the attention of the world audience, tapping into our emotions of shock, fear, and awe. Both boldly went where no man had gone before. Both could certainly be summed up in Armstrong’s quote: “One small leap for man. One giant leap for mankind.” What profoundly important advances of our time!

So, here’s to pioneers. Here’s to national heroes and role models. Thanks, Neil Armstrong.

And here’s to local family-building heroes as well.

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Where were you when Armstrong landed on the moon or when you heard the news of the first IVF baby’s birth?

Photo from NASA public domain//source: http://www.treehugger.com/clean-technology/neil-armstrong-first-man-moon-dead-82.html

 

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